TV Ratings Friday: 'Nikita' Finale Flat, '20/20' Down, 'What We Wasted Our Year On' Soft

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December 28th, 2013

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Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 1.1/4 1.0/4 1.0/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.2/1
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 0.8/3 0.7/3 0.6/2 0.6/2 0.4/2 0.2/1
Total Viewers (million) 2.972 4.726 5.204  4.146 2.172 0.747

Univision was number one in adults 18-49, while CBS won with total viewers.

On ABC,  20/20 notched a 1.1 down 8 percent from last week's 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On NBC, the news special What We Wasted Our Year On garnered a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

On The CW, the series finale of  Nikita matched last week's 0.2 adults 18-49 rating. Your predictions were too optimistic.

Overnight broadcast primetime ratings for Friday, December 27, 2013

Time  Net Show 18-49 Rating/Sh Viewers (Millions)
8:00 NBC Dateline  - R 1.1/4 6.27
CBS Undercover Boss - R 0.9/3 5.27
ABC Last Man standing - R 0.8/3 4.25
FOX Bones - R 0.5/2 2.87
CW The Carrie Diaries - R 0.2/1 0.69
8:30 ABC The Neighbors - R 0.7/2 3.03
9:00 ABC Shark Tank - R 1.2/4 5.04
CBS Garth Brooks Live from Las Vegas - R (9-11PM) 1.0/3 5.17
NBC What We Wasted Our Year On 1.0/3 4.95
FOX Raising Hope - R 0.5/2 1.56
CW Nikita - Series Finale 0.2/1 0.81
9:30 FOX Raising Hope - R 0.4/1 1.39
10:00 ABC 20/20 1.1/4 5.50
NBC Grimm - R 0.5/2 2.05

via NBC press note:


In Late-Night Metered Markets Friday night:


  • In Nielsen's 56 metered markets, household results were: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," 1.9/5 with an encore telecast; CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," 1.8/5 with an encore; and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 2.0/5 with an encore.
  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” 0.5/2 with an encore; "Late Show," 0.4/2 with an encore; and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," 0.7/3 with an encore.
  • From 12:35-1:05 a.m. ET, ABC's "Nightline" averaged a 1.3/4 in metered-market households and a 0.5/3 in 18-49 in the Local People Meters.
  • From 12:35-1:35 a.m. ET, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" (1.1/4 in metered-market households with an encore telecast) beat CBS's "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (0.8/3 with an encore).  In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "Late Night" (0.4/2 in 18-49 with an encore) topped "Late Late Show" (0.2/1 with an encore).
  • At 1:35 a.m., "Last Call with Carson Daly" averaged a 0.7/3 in metered-market households with an encore and a 0.3/2 in adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

NOTE: All ratings are "live plus same day" from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise indicated.


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  • Dillan

    Ouch for Nikita. A repeat of TCD matching its last ever episode.

  • Brad

    Nice for Nikita! Just barely beat a repeat of The Carrie Diaries in viewers.

    Glad this show is gone. Never should have been renewed for a Third or Fourth Season.

  • diegodaily

    Poor Nikita. Such a good show that says goodbye and leaves by the backdoor. Only a 0.2. Thanks, The CW.

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  • John A

    Lol Surprised Nikita had that many viewers yet no increase in the demo and couldnt beat a TCD repeat. Good repeat numbers for Dateline and Shark Tank.

  • Mathew

    Not likely but Nikita could adjust up. It could also adjust down

  • Gabriel

    I’m just glad that CW gave to Nikita a proper ending

  • Eelna

    That TCD rerun did almost as good as its last original episode. Is that something to celebrate or not?

  • Brad

    So glad Nikita was renewed and got closure instead of a 5 season show like 90210 which will actually be sold into syndication. LMAO.

  • taylor

    Now with Nikita gone I wonder what’s everyone gonna bash no on the Friday comments

  • Eelna

    Carrie Diaries returns January 3rd, and has a SPN rerun as a lead-out. Why do I have the feeling, that Supernatural reruns are going to do better than Nikita?

  • a p garcia

    I expected more action in the Nikita finale, too me it was a letdown!

  • Mike

    It’s one thing to not like a certain TV show, but it’s an entirely different thing to mock to people for liking a certain TV show, simply because you don’t like it. Sad that this has become the norm on this site.

  • Valentin

    Poor Nikita :( The series finale WAS DUHMAZING!!
    really gonna miss the show. ?

  • Truth


    I predict that the disgruntled Nikita fans will bash on TCD, and all the other CW shows in general.

  • Brad


    The fact that the Nikita fans never shut up is why they are mocked.

  • rob60990

    Nikita is yet another flop that lasted 2 years too long. Finally its gone.

  • Truth

    Half hour breakdown:

    CW – Nikita (Series Finale)
    Viewers: 0.813 million, A18-49: 0.2/1

    CW – Nikita (Series Finale)
    Viewers: 0.797 million, A18-49: 0.2/1

    So it actually lost viewers.

  • John A

    Plus H50 gets alot of hate.

  • John A

    No one ever mocked anyone for liking Nikita. We mocked the god awful ratings is all.

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